The Whipstitch Sallies will perform their first concert for the "Keys, Strings & Other Things" live music series at 7 p.m. July 14 at the Danville Unitarian Universalist Community Church. (While the show is in a church building, it is in no way intended to promote any particular religious point of view.)
After their debut festival appearance in 2010 alongside Goldmine Pickers and The Steel Wheels, the group has performed regularly in Nashville, Ind., and Indianapolis. They have also taken their old-time, folk, and bluegrass music to Kentucky and Michigan, where they won the award for best competing band at the Shady Grove Fiddle Festival in 2011. Their recently released self-titled album also features "original, well-crafted lyrics" that show "a knack for getting phrasing just right," according to reviews.
Fans say that the four-piece string band is at its best when joining voices in harmony. Front-woman Allie Burbrink's vocals blend with Kat Erickson's harmonies and Sam Robert's alto. Newcomer Katie Burk's vocals also add a vintage sound to the group. The Whipstitch Sallies layer their vocals over a new take on traditional instruments including the guitar, bass, mandolin, and fiddle. Their individual and unique musical backgrounds influence their interpretation of the music and how it is played.
The church is at 95 N. Jefferson St., one block north of the county courthouse and just behind the Mayberry Cafe. Admission is $10 with children 16 and younger admitted for $5. To learn more about The Whipstitch Sallies, visit their website at www.reverbnation.com/thewhipstitchsallies. For more information about the "Keys, Strings & Other Things" live music series, contact Sam Carman by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 892-4239.